Religion News – September 3

Service and studies

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. His message will be “Effects of the New Birth” from II Corinthians 5:14-21. Communion will be served during the service. The children’s program for youngsters through sixth grade meets at the same time as the adult service.A new six-week Bible study for adults is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. “Epic: The Story God is Telling” is led by Kevin Jackson.

The Ruby Tuesday morning Bible study class will resume at 10 a.m. Sept. 13. The new study will be “The Christian and Prayer.”

Information: 812-342-8464

Central Heights Church of God — The message, ”I am designed for a purpose: Life,” will be given by Pastor John Marquis at the 10:30 a.m. service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Youth is at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-391-1684; 812-372-4857

East Columbus United Methodist — The church will begin with fellowship time at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The Blended Morning Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. In honor of Labor Day, the Rev. Charles Aigner will bring a special message at the “Wear Your Work Clothes” service. Sunday School will meet at 10:40 a.m., for all ages and Bible interests. All4One Youth group will meet at 5 p.m. Aigner also will deliver the message at the 6 p.m. casual evening service.

Family Game Night will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall. Organizers are encouraging people to bring their favorite board game and a snack to share.

A community Block Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 in the church parking lot. There will be free food, a bounce house for kids, games and prizes for kids of all ages and representatives will be present to hand out information about community organizations.

Information: 812-376-7418

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message, “Value Images,” with Scripture from Matthew 13:44-45 and Luke 15:8 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church. Their topic will be about creation with Scripture from Genesis 1:1-2:4.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

The Cross Connections Fellowship Meal will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday with donations accepted. Reservations are requested. Two studies will begin at 6 p.m. “When Helping Hurts,” a six-week video-based study on poverty and its alleviation, will be led by Alice and Kerry Richmond. “Extreme Grandparenting,” the six-session video-based study will be led by Tim and Darcy Kimmel.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and study. Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” All men of the church and their friends are invited to join the group.

The Youth 6:33 will participate in a Lock-In Friday night into Saturday.

Live streaming is now available for Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. To view, go to or access through the link on the website: fbccp;I, To view on your cellphone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play, download: Sundaystreams, login:fbccolumbus.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Lutheran — Sonrise Bible Study for people with developmental disabilities begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the church, 3600 25th St., with the band Wounded Healer leading praise music, followed by prayer and fellowship.

Information: 812-372-1256

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “Shaped as Disciples,” reflecting on Jeremiah 18:1-11 and John 14:25-33, where God is compared to a potter. Local artist Ben Harpring will make the Scriptures come alive as he creates a clay vase on his potter’s wheel in the sanctuary during the service. This will be a communion service.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children ages preschool to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for students in fourth grade through high school will begin at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour is at 11 a.m. Sunday. The men’s and women’s support group meets at 7 a.m. Friday.

Those in need of a meal are invited to the church’s Ecumenical Assemblies of Bartholomew County Churches’ hot meal site at 5 p.m. Friday through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “At Ease in the Arms of God,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Jeremiah 18:1-11.

Sunday School classes are planned for children and young people through 12th grade and classes for adults. Youth and adults can choose to participate in a long-term study or the short-term class, “Half Truths,” by Adam Hamilton, led by the Rev. Lisa Cottingham.

Sunday Night Connections is open to everyone. Food is served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, followed by small groups for adults, choirs and activities for children up to sixth grade and youth group for students in grades 7 to 12.

Women’s Bible study is noon Wednesdays. The first book, “Make Over” by Jen Hatmaker, is available for purchase on Amazon.

Church members will be volunteering at Camp Moneto in Brown County Sept. 10. Contact the church to sign up.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the nontraditional service, begins at 9 a.m., and The Well, the traditional service, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms and the Prayer Team meets at 8 a.m.

Evening activities begin with adult choir practice at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

The small group “A Christian Journey With Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Friendship Center.

The District Senior Adult Ministries Retreat is Wednesday through Saturday at Orleans Family Campground in Orleans. Cost: $50 per person.

Wednesday activities begin with supper served at 5:30 p.m. at the church. Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. The Jesus And Me program for those in preschool through sixth grade begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth begins at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

Cub Scout Pack No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday followed by and Boy Scout Troop 588 at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Refresh Your Heart,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1:1-21 and Luke 14:25-33. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Bible study resumes at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

The Old Union Homecoming Sunday will be Oct. 2.

The Lasting Impressions Concert, “Voices for Veterans,” will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry’s message will be “Paul’s Plea” based on Scripture from Philemon 1-21 during the 9 a.m service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Holy Communion will be shared during the service. Barb Hedrick will be liturgist and Teresa Covert will bring the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Sit-n-Stitch group meets at the Nolting home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Monday night Bible studies will resume at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. New members are welcome. Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Walkers group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church.

Worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 on the front lawn of the church. A pitch-in meal will follow and there will be games for the children. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. Drinks and table service will be provided.

Information: 812-603-8378; 574-780-2379

United Universalist Congregation of Columbus Indiana — Mark Kevitt will explore the impact Indiana had on a young Abe Lincoln in a presentation at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard in Columbus. Members also will reflect on what impact race, education, work, family, death and religion have on people as they grow into adulthood.

Information: 812-342-6230


Southern gospel concert at Healing Waters Full Gospel Ministry — The southern gospel group Gold City will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 2330 Midway St. in Columbus. The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken.Information: The Rev. Tony Garris, 812-669-2102

Lowell General Baptist hymn sing — The church’s monthly hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the church, 200W and South Line Drive, Columbus. The singer will be Sharon Kay King.

Information: 812-703-5040


Bethel Baptist fish fry — A fish fry lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 142 Deaver Road. The full meal of fish, two sides, dessert and drink costs $7.50. Items can also be purchased a la carte. Organizers ask that people call ahead for large orders.Information: 812-342-4005

Central Heights Church of God — Rally Day is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. There will be food, games, a bounce house, music and silent auctions. The public is welcome.

Community Care Day is Sept. 29.

Information: 812-391-1684; 812-372-4857;

First Baptist — The SEEDS of Love (Serving, Encouraging, Exalting, Discipling, Strengthening) 5K Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. All proceeds will go directly to Love Chapel. Registrations may be made by visiting or at the church office.

A Blood Drive will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the church. Appointments may be scheduled at 1-800-RED CROSS or at, sponsor code “firstbaptistcolumbus.”

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Book Club selection for the meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 is “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.

The Golf Outing to support missions begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Contact the church for more information.

Blessing of the animals in the grassy lot north of the church will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 1. Animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Fridays@First with Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 14. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan run/walk — A 5K Run/Walk will be Sept. 17, beginning and finishing at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Registration fee: $25 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Funds raised will go to the church’s Building Hope Fund. Register online at Pre Run/Walk activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. T-shirts are available. Organizers still are recruiting volunteers to help along the way.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Spraytown Free Methodist — The church is celebrating Jackson County and the state bicentennial with a presentation of the history of the Spraytown community. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 2372 W. State Road 58, Seymour. There will also be special singers. Refreshment will be served after the program.

Information: 812-497-2493

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.